Sky News, 09:33, UK, Tuesday 14 February 2017.
The UK has failed to spend 2% of GDP on defence, falling below NATO’s minimum budget.
The calculations, done by the IISS think tank, show the UK spent 1.98% of its GDP on defence in 2016.
The figures are highly embarrassing for the Government, which has repeatedly boasted of its achievement and told other NATO countries they must follow the UK’s example.
The reason for the shortfall is down to the economy growing faster than defence spending.
Poland has also fallen below the 2% line, meaning only the United States and two European countries achieve the target: Estonia and Greece.